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Comment: Wifi speed isn't just a LAN issue (Score 1) 96

With only 3 non-overlapping channels, and often wifi access points choosing their own overlapping channel (like 3 or 8), your parent's wireless is likely interfering with a neighbor's wireless. This is much more likely in an apartment complex.

If someone is running 802.11g (or, 802.11b because they only have 6mbps DSL and 11mbps 802.11b is more than enough for their DSL), they are occupying the wireless channel for an extended amount of time.

Even a group of grandmas in an apartment complex running 802.11b only to access their 6mb DSL connection would quickly see their speeds plummet because of CMSA/CA causing a cascade failure of the wireless signal.

Going with the current wireless standard (802.11n in both 2.4 and 5ghz) is the right answer. 802.11ac is very new, so I would agree for now that the additional cost isn't worth it. At the very least, 802.11n 2.4ghz should be default.

Comment: Re: Everybody gets a dime. (Score 1) 54

The coffee WAS way too hot. 40 degrees (f) above industry standard

The facts of the case state it was between 180-190F.

-This is the minimum temperature coffee is brewed at. Most consider the ideal to be at or just over 200F.
-Starbucks has served me coffee, this year, right as it was brewed at 200F, without me asking for it hot.
-The large print that almost every place now has declaring that COFFEE IS HOT is FUCKING STUPID, and can be traced directly to this stupid case.

This is the story of how McDonalds nearly killed a woman

SHE spilled the coffee, not McDonalds. Hot liquids can be dangerous. A 79 year old woman should know this. It isn't McDonald's job to educate her on this.

she sued begrudgingly because she couldn't afford her medical bills

Her estimate of past and future medical bills was $20,000 for her mistake. McDonald's offered $800, because it wasn't their fault.
Less that $640,000 for $20,000 in medical bills that were her fault is exactly the type of stuff that makes people upset.

To be clear: I hate McDonald's: They have unhealthy food, pay their employees slave wages, and from what I've witnessed when I was a customer years ago, they treat their employees like shit. There are a lot of reasons they should be penalized, but coffee served at coffee temperatures isn't one of them.

Comment: Re:Government should be a coordinator, not the ham (Score 1) 67

by Aqualung812 (#49250305) Attached to: Obama Administration Wants More Legal Power To Disrupt Botnets

Imagine taking a network offline from the ISP level due to some bogus botnet claim.

That's exactly my point. They're wanting the ability to take you completely offline. I'm proposing a middle ground where you're not knocked completely offline, and getting back online can be automated.

Always, ALWAYS question the motives of any governmental request for additional powers.

We agree, that is why I want them to be a coordinator, not the executioner.

Comment: Re:Government should be a coordinator, not the ham (Score 1) 67

by Aqualung812 (#49250161) Attached to: Obama Administration Wants More Legal Power To Disrupt Botnets

Capture their DNS and have it be a website.

Coordinate with the Ad Council to get them to run PSA showing the standard redirect page and how to check the SSL cert of that page. Remind the viewers that this is the ONLY way their ISP will notify them of an issue and that your hardware and software vendor will never call you.

Comment: Remediation zone (Score 3, Interesting) 67

by Aqualung812 (#49249571) Attached to: Obama Administration Wants More Legal Power To Disrupt Botnets

Man, the more I think of it, I REALLY like the idea of a standard remediation zone that all ISPs could deploy.

DNS would be filtered, only DNS responses to hosts on the allowed list. I would even be ok with MitM changes to DNS queries in this case.

Again, the idea is that you are only placed in this zone when your device has attacked another.
Once you think you've fixed the issue, they could allow all DNS traffic again, but watch your traffic to see if the attacks resume. This could be automated, so the end user doesn't have to constantly call the ISP.

Comment: Government should be a coordinator, not the hammer (Score 5, Interesting) 67

by Aqualung812 (#49249517) Attached to: Obama Administration Wants More Legal Power To Disrupt Botnets

If you have a malicious device connected to an ISP, the ISP should be the one to disconnect it. The problem is that the target of the malicious device is often on another ISP.

Rather than allowing the government to be the hammer and force people offline, the government should create a coordination point where attacks can be reported and the proper ISP and their customers alerted to the activity.

One of the activities could be creating OSS that allows for firewall logs to send attack information to this central resource.

Another could be creating a help page that assists end users with understanding why they're having this issue and how to correct it.

Finally, proposing a Internet remediation zone would be the best end result. Instead of pulling the cord on infected devices, put them on a standard ACL/web filter that only allows them to software updates and AV signatures.

These are harder tasks for any one ISP to do, but a good thing for government to do.

Comment: Re:Wind energy will go up (Score 1) 262

by Aqualung812 (#49249379) Attached to: US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years

I personally think that vertical wind turbines (that look like an egg beater sticking up, rather than a large propeller ) are the way to go.

Like most things, there are reasons they're better and reasons they're worse.

You can look up the differences between VAWT and HAWT (google it), but basically, VAWT that you're talking about is likely a good idea for personal turbines, but isn't the best for large wind farms. That said, some have discussed using VAWT close to the ground in large HAWT wind farms so they can harvest both ground level wind and wind aloft.

Comment: Re:Not a problem (Score 1) 115

8 ms sounds good, but if caching adds 100 ms to it then I lose.

I agree, with FPS gaming and other "twich" games, you're at a disadvantage.

That said, this is still useful for about all other applications, unlike geosynchronous orbit Internet which has latency of 1000ms or so. When you get to levels that high, you can still stream movies and browse web pages, but VoIP and teleconf is unusable, and even casual games become unplayable (poker, etc).

Still, it is a big deal. I know a lake near me that has no options for broadband other than geosynchronous Internet with a very low monthly cap and very high latency. They'd love this!

Comment: Privacy or trust: Choose one (Score 1) 367

by Aqualung812 (#49216999) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

Yik Yak isn't a valid comparison to the rest of the Internet, because it is only anonymous. It is the smartphone app for /b/, and it comes with the same issues.

If they want to change the app to something that has a persistent ID, then there is all sorts of methods to start weeding out assholes. The moment they do that, though, it stops being completely anonymous and starts becoming just a localized version of Twitter.

Even this site relies on pseudonyms to maintain some level of reputation. Anonymous posts have no reputation, no history of being a productive or disruptive member. The idea of being able to be completely anonymous requires acceptance that some will misuse it. Either embrace it or stay away from it, because there simply is no way to "fix" it without changing it into something else entirely.

Comment: Re:No time zones, no DST, centons (Score 1) 277

by Aqualung812 (#49214429) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Change On Sunday For N. America

So yeah, you do have a pretty good idea, based on the time, if people are likely to be working, awake or sleeping at certain times of the day.

Your reference only looked at 3rd shift.

When you look at all workers in the US, your 97% figure turns into 52.6% when you factor in all of the various work arrangements outside of the normal working arrangements.

So, only slightly better than flipping a coin. Try again.

Comment: So, don't download it (Score 5, Informative) 367

by Aqualung812 (#49214209) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

I downloaded Yik Yak and used it for about a week. I saw what was going on there.

If you are disturbed by what you see on there, delete the app. Let those idiots spew toxic shit at each other, and you can go on unaware of their ramblings.

Eventually, Yik Yak will die off, and the "problem" is solved.

Or, do you somehow think we can pass some law that will change human nature?

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

The network *sending* the traffic pays the other network to deliver the traffic. That is the way it has always been.

That is only for transit. If I want to send traffic THROUGH Comcast to reach Mom & Pop ISP, then yes, I have to pay Comcast.

The way that it has always been is that the ISP charges their customers ONLY, and the ISP has to pay for connections unless they can arrange peering. What is crazy is that Comcast should actually have been paying Cogent for requesting so much traffic from them without sending an equal amount of content in return.

Again, Comcast's customers are the ones increasing the traffic. Netflix has nothing to do with the traffic on Comcast's network.

That would be like blaming UPS and FedEx for creating too much traffic on my street because I'm ordering so much product. I'm the cause of the traffic, not UPS or FedEx. They wouldn't be on my street unless I ordered something.
In this example, the owners of the street (government) pay to make the street able to handle the traffic, and charge the uses of the street (residents) more in taxes to cover it.

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 3, Interesting) 550

Peering is a good thing. Peering can *save* money for the content producer.

Sure, and I never said it was a bad thing. I just don't think it should be legal for a duopoly to impose a fee for peering, nor should they be required to peer. The ISP and the content producer can look at their costs and decide if they want to peer or not.

Netflix has not asked for a dime of ISP money to peer, and will even provide caching devices for free. They're not keen on paying for ISP infrastructure, though, and I don't see why they should.

Stop talking about stuff you do not understand.

I'm a network engineer that has been working with ISPs since the early 90's. I do understand this.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.